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Justine

BA ACCREDITED COUNSELLOR
YOUTH SPECIALIST
QUALIFIED FAMILY MEDIATIOR 
& PARENTING PRACTITIONER

DIAGNOSED ADHD

Justine has been a fully qualified Counsellor for eight years, mostly working with children, adolescents and families dealing with a wide variety of struggles and issues. She is also a qualified family mediator. Before qualifying as a counsellor Justine ran a Youth Centre and has always been passionate about supporting youngsters in any way she can.  Justine is very happy supporting parents of both Inattentive and Combined ADHD boys and girls of all ages and is a qualified Parent Practitioner. 

Justine was diagnosed with ADHD in 2020 but this came as no surprise to her! She had spent her own adolescence finding education and ‘being told what to do’ very difficult. She was an angry teen. This resulted in her being excluded from secondary school so she totally understands the frustrations the school environment can pose for kids with ADHD especially.

Justine has grown up seeing a disproportionate amount of Black and Brown people entering the prison system. She is particularly passionate about ADHD kids of colour.

Professionals can see black boys as a threat and find them difficult to engage with. This can mean they often miss out on vital support and coaching to support them in reaching their full potential. This group becomes the ‘hard to reach’, all too often excluded from education and ending up on the road to juvenile prison, young offender institutes and eventually entering the adult prison system.

Mental Health services disproportionately section and medicate BAME groups through a lack of cultural understanding. Many health care providers have never been trained to understand the communities and cultures they work within, creating further barriers. Many support agencies are underrepresented with professionals of colour, placing a heavy burden on a system that is ill equipped to support the demographic.

Justine wants to see a fairer system, regardless of race or gender, where you are seen, treated and supported according to your individual needs. Regardless of the shade of your skin colour.

About 51% of boys in young offender institutions & prisons are from BAME backgrounds It frustrates Justine that it’s just ‘accepted’ that people of colour are more likely to enter the prison system. Justine is passionate about standing up for anyone disadvantaged.

As Justine finally understands how her own undiagnosed ADHD made her feel as a teen, she now feels in an even better place to work with ADHD teenagers. She understands their feelings from the inside out and has an additional understanding of how having ADHD and being BAME can impact your life.

 

Qualifications

 

  • Diploma in Person Centered Therapy
  • Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education
  • Diploma in Counselling Teenagers
  • Triple P Parenting Programme
  • FRIENDS Resilience Programme
  • Penn Resilience Programme
  • Trauma Treatment (Rewind)
  • Qualified Family Mediator – National Family Mediation Society
  • Child Advocacy

Justine

BA ACCREDITED COUNSELLOR
YOUTH SPECIALIST
QUALIFIED FAMILY MEDIATIOR
& PARENTING PRACTITIONER

DIAGNOSED ADHD

Justine has been a fully qualified Counsellor for eight years, mostly working with children, adolescents and families dealing with a wide variety of struggles and issues. She is also a qualified family mediator. Before qualifying as a counsellor Justine ran a Youth Centre and has always been passionate about supporting youngsters in any way she can.  Justine is very happy supporting parents of both Inattentive and Combined ADHD boys and girls of all ages and is a qualified Parent Practitioner. 

Justine was diagnosed with ADHD in 2020 but this came as no surprise to her! She had spent her own adolescence finding education and ‘being told what to do’ very difficult. She was an angry teen. This resulted in her being excluded from secondary school so she totally understands the frustrations the school environment can pose for kids with ADHD especially.

Justine has grown up seeing a disproportionate amount of Black and Brown people entering the prison system. She is particularly passionate about ADHD kids of colour.

Professionals can see black boys as a threat and find them difficult to engage with. This can mean they often miss out on vital support and coaching to support them in reaching their full potential. This group becomes the ‘hard to reach’, all too often excluded from education and ending up on the road to juvenile prison, young offender institutes and eventually entering the adult prison system.

Mental Health services disproportionately section and medicate BAME groups through a lack of cultural understanding. Many health care providers have never been trained to understand the communities and cultures they work within, creating further barriers. Many support agencies are underrepresented with professionals of colour, placing a heavy burden on a system that is ill equipped to support the demographic.

Justine wants to see a fairer system, regardless of race or gender, where you are seen, treated and supported according to your individual needs. Regardless of the shade of your skin colour.

About 51% of boys in young offender institutions & prisons are from BAME backgrounds It frustrates Justine that it’s just ‘accepted’ that people of colour are more likely to enter the prison system. Justine is passionate about standing up for anyone disadvantaged.

As Justine finally understands how her own undiagnosed ADHD made her feel as a teen, she now feels in an even better place to work with ADHD teenagers. She understands their feelings from the inside out and has an additional understanding of how having ADHD and being BAME can impact your life.

 

Qualifications

 

  • Diploma in Person Centered Therapy
  • Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education
  • Diploma in Counselling Teenagers
  • Triple P Parenting Programme
  • FRIENDS Resilience Programme
  • Penn Resilience Programme
  • Trauma Treatment (Rewind)
  • Qualified Family Mediator – National Family Mediation Society
  • Child Advocacy